Stand up and be counted! The time has arrived for something really special to be implanted into the already proud history of Tennessee Football.
Saturday is the moment when the Tennessee continues their push a prestigious pre-New Year’s Bowl bid.
Hoping and dreaming might be good enough. Belief, combined with a huge physical effort is what it is all about.
Every individual player needs to approach each game with the sole intention of out-playing his opposite number with nothing but an enthusiastic and intense performance being acceptable as Coach Derek Dooley and the team head toward creating their own piece of history.
Step one is all about the leaders making sure they are leading.
This in itself will provide the foundation for the team to play at the top of their capabilities and build an ever growing confidence.
Dooley understands what is required, after his success with the Louisiana Tech, and he must demonstrate again that he is the rock in the middle of every physical SEC contest.
Backing him up are his coordinators Jim Chaney and Sal Sunseri who need to visualize and feel themselves as they were in their prime when they wore laced up cleats and knocked heads – receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, being so physically and totally involved, and Tyler Bray being a dominant quarterback exponent and skillful field general, while also showing commitment to the dark places.
Their performances need to be of a “follow me” variety.
Raijon Neal must lead the way for the running game. Neal must take control of the run offense with his ability to attack and penetrate.
Step two is to ensure every player has the deep down belief that will ensure the mind is strong and the body is willing. If the minds are not cluttered and the plan is clear, then carrying out the tasks will be so much easier.
For Coach Dooley, the plan must be to get the on-field team playing better than at any stage of the season.
He has to fill the players with belief in how they are going to go about winning and demonstrating their confidence by selecting the best team available and keeping players on the field who are playing well regardless of any initial plan.
The hard work, the planning, the evaluating and the execution of the physical requirements are all in place. Now is the time for fine tuning and ensuring that the players are taking ownership with eagerness and a smile.
Step three is all about the demonstration of desire to do well.
If it comes down to any one aspect, then what the public want to see is a team that smashes the contact point, creates go forward, and wins the battle of the “corridor of power” in the trenches.
There must be no let-up. Beating (or a really really close moral victory) Mississippi State on Saturday would provide the possibility of unstoppable momentum for South Carolina and Bama. Either way, two big performances are required.
It will not be easy, but like most things worth having the hard work and dedication will provide the best result.
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